Walt Harris Speaks To Media At Stanford's Annual Preseason Luncheon

Aug. 17, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford football head coach Walt Harris addressed the media during a Stanford's annual preseason press luncheon held Wednesday on the Stanford campus. Here's some of what coach Harris had to say.

On early practices during training camp
'We have been practicing in shorts and helmets only, and we gear our drills so that we don't get anyone hurt. We haven't been getting a real sense of where we're at yet. It's early to say anything about our football team. We have a long way to go.'

On the start of his first season as Stanford's head
'When you start a new program you take a few steps back. The players don't know what to expect, how we do things. Right now we're putting a few things in, we may not use them until late in the year. We're trying to put in as many things as we can in the first five days, then review.'

On Stanford's running game
'When you have good runners and a good line, you'll run the ball. We have to find the consistent guy, and we have to block for him. We have to learn what our players can do. The defense has to respect the running game.'

On what Stanford needs to do to meet its goals
'Our team needs to come together, we're all pulling for each other. We need to make a commitment to each other, to prepare as best as possible to be as good as we can be individually. They need to trust us, that what we're telling them will allow them to be successful, and we need to be in great shape.'

On what it takes to win
'We have to execute better. That's why conditioning is a factor, commitment to what we teach and each other. Hopefully the product will be a team that wins on the road.'

On how to play the game
'We need to play like wild men for 60 minutes. We need to play the game the way the game is supposed to be played. I like our defense, what our guys do.

On season-opening opponent Navy
'Navy will be a challenge because of their offensive style, but regardless of what happens at Navy I think our defense will do well.'

On the Stanford Football program
'This is not about me. It's about the players, about Stanford. We have a great school, a tremendous degree to offer. We just have to get our football program up tot the level that it's supposed to be. We need to be winning. A big part of coaching is discipline and buying in to what you're doing. It's my job to try to motivate them to buy into it, but the bottom line is that they have to buy into it. Our seniors set the tone, because they're the leaders when we're not around. We have to fight through the tough times and hang together. That's why I said at the beginning of training camp that we have to come together. We have to become mentally tough, which has a lot to do with believing, believing that we can get a lot done.

On The New Stadium
'The stadium's awesome, who wouldn't be excited about a new stadium.'

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